No criminal charges should be taken lightly. This is especially the case when you have been charged with a felony. These cases often have mandatory minimum sentences, which include jail or prison time, and will impact the rest of your life if you are convicted.
At my office in Waukegan, clients trust their serious criminal defense matters to me, Alan E. Jones. I am a dedicated advocate for my clients. I know the law. I have the experience needed to effectively fight to protect your rights, future and freedom in felony cases.Experienced in a Wide Range of Cases
Drawing on my knowledge of the criminal justice system, I provide representation to clients who are facing accusations or charges of a wide range of felony matters, including:
- Murder (homicide) and attempted murder
- Drug crimes, including trafficking, possession, intent to sell and distribution
- Felony DUI (drunk driving)
- Fraud and other felony theft
- Assault and aggravated battery
- Burglary, robbery and home invasion
- Gun and firearms crimes, as well as other weapons offenses
In Illinois, felony state crimes are classified into five separate categories. These categories, called classes, carry different types of consequences upon conviction. They range from Class 4, which is the least severe categorization, to Class X, which encompasses the most serious crimes.
- Class 4: These are the least serious felonies but still carry punishments of one to three years in prison, with the potential for being sentenced to three to six years.
- Class 3: Class 3 felonies are punishable by a minimum of two years and up to five years in prison and possibly an additional five to 10 years.
- Class 2: A Class 2 felony is the middle ground of the felony classes, with a conviction requiring incarceration for three to seven years, and an additional possibility of seven to 14 years.
- Class 1: If convicted on a Class 1 felony, you will be facing a sentence of four to 15 years in prison, with the possible extension of 15-30 years.
- Class X: As the most serious of all crimes, Class X crimes carry a mandatory minimum punishment of six to 30 years in prison. If the crime is egregious enough, there may be an extension, placing the offender in prison for 30-60 years.
First-degree murder is even more serious than a Class X felony and as such is charged on its own, with the accused facing 20 to 60 years, and possibly life, in prison. Illinois no longer uses the death penalty.Do Not Wait to Get a Lawyer
Time is of the essence in felony criminal matters. Take immediate action and call my office, Alan E. Jones, P.C., at (847) 336-3900. You can also contact me online. I offer free consultations and flat fee quotes.